Tag: "marriage"

Marriage Issue Will Not Go Away
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Marriage Issue Will Not Go Away

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The panic in the ranks of some Republicans is a thing to behold.

Destroyed Wedding Cake
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The Deconstruction of Marriage

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Family is a flickering light in the evening of the West.

Marriage: Why I Never Bad-Mouth My Knight
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Marriage: Why I Never Bad-Mouth My Knight

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Last month, my knight and I were blessed to celebrate 20 years of marriage.  Call me crazy, call me just a hopeless romantic, but I LOVE my husband!  Yes, I refer to him as my knight because he is just that amazing in the way he treats me: holding doors for me, getting the car […]

GOP Elites and the Abolition of Marriage
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GOP Elites and the Abolition of Marriage

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Well, this is helpful. A clutch of Republican elites have run to the Supreme Court demanding the judiciary shut off debate on gay marriage. The story has predictably been front page news at the New York Times and in the world of the liberal media, the Times leading with this: More than two dozen Republicans […]

Fun Ideas for Date Night (in the Great Outdoors)
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Fun Ideas for Date Night (in the Great Outdoors)

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While getting my hair done recently, I flipped through one of those magazines I’d never buy but enjoy as a guilty pleasure every now and then. One page in particular caught my attention—a list of what’s currently “in” and “out.” I was pleasantly surprised to see that indoor dates are “out” while dates in the […]

All The Days of My Life: A Chastity Tale
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All The Days of My Life: A Chastity Tale

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Imagine my surprise when a friend who works with the parish youth group asked me to give a chastity talk to the middle and high school aged girls. “Who, me?” I said, raising an eyebrow suspiciously. I thought, Why not someone who has actually lived chastely her whole life? Me? I did it all wrong. […]

March for Marriage Planned as Supreme Court Hears Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Case
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March for Marriage Planned as Supreme Court Hears Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Case

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On March 26, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Hollingsworth v. Perry case, which will determine if Proposition 8 – the 2008 ballot initiative protecting traditional marriage in California – is constitutional or not. Their decision will have grave implications for the entire nation.  A decision against Prop 8 would set a precedent for […]

The Other Woman
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The Other Woman

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I overheard him make the plans.  On his way home from work he picked up the perfect wrist corsage.  He wore his nicest suit, and waved to the kids and I as he drove to her house to pick her up for a night of dancing. I knew all about her, but I was okay. […]

Intimate Preparations
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Intimate Preparations

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“And so I take (my wife) not for any lustful motive, but I do it in singleness of heart. Be kind enough to…bring us to old age together.” Tobit 8:7 “..Now, gird up your loins and arise…”  Jer: 1:17 Which scripture verse more accurately describes how a couple should prepare for the conjugal embrace?   Praying […]

Pope, President Offer Point/Counterpoint on Marriage
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Pope, President Offer Point/Counterpoint on Marriage

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In his inaugural address on Monday, January 21, Barack Obama called for Americans to embrace same-sex marriage, saying: Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law–for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal […]

Love is Tough
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Love is Tough

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I sat in my seat in a circle of students in my counseling theories class. Pen in hand and a self-inventory worksheet on top of a book on my lap, I thought about the question at the top of the paper: What did you learn about love from how your parents treated you? This is […]

Top Five Obstacles to Getting to ‘I Do’
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Top Five Obstacles to Getting to ‘I Do’

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I’ve written about Catholic dating for about five years now and also coach women one-on-one to get to ‘I Do.’ From day one, my approach was a little different because I’m a no-bones-about-it realist. We Catholics love to cling to our ideals! We aren’t always interested in how things are, and prefer to focus on […]

Redefining “Love” the Catholic Way
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Redefining “Love” the Catholic Way

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Recently, there has been a lot of talk about redefining marriage and love. I believe this talk is necessary, but not in the way the culture proposes. If there is one truth we need to learn today to sustain marriages and love it would be this teaching of the Catholic Church: accept no limitations on […]

From Their Own Mouths: LGBT Lobby Plans to 'Wholly Transform the Definition of Family'
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From Their Own Mouths: LGBT Lobby Plans to ‘Wholly Transform the Definition of Family’

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“Transforming the very fabric of society;” and “radically reordering society’s view of reality”: these are what “being queer” means to the ideologues behind the homosexual political movement that is currently sweeping through legislatures around the world. Is this the insane ranting of a right-wing Christian conspiracy theorist? Is it yet another “attack” by wicked Pope […]

Are Catholic Marriages Disappearing?
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Are Catholic Marriages Disappearing?

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I live in Christchurch, New Zealand. A city that, over the past few years, has been struck by several large earthquakes. As a result our city doesn’t have that many buildings left standing. Most of our churches are gone. Masses are celebrated in halls or parish centers.  Whole parishes themselves don’t exist and our city is […]

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!
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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

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Have you ever looked yourself in the mirror and wondered why you have four “frown lines” for every laugh line? When was the last time you gut-laughed? Do you slip into your daughter’s room late at night, and wish you’d spent as much time enjoying her as you did lecturing her? Do you ever wonder […]

The Supreme Court Looks at Marriage and Gender
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The Supreme Court Looks at Marriage and Gender

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Defenders of traditional marriage may not believe it, but the Supreme Court’s apparent intention to decide two important same-sex marriage cases by midyear may be a stroke of good fortune for their side. This timing means the Supreme Court’s first head-on tangle with this issue almost certainly will come before President Obama gets an opportunity […]

Why Young Men are Giving Up on Marriage
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Why Young Men are Giving Up on Marriage

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Fewer young men in the US want to get married than ever, while the desire for marriage is rising among young women, according to the Pew Research Center. Pew recently found that the number of women 18-34 saying that having a successful marriage is one of the most important things rose from 28 percent to […]

Sandy Hook Elementary School, 12/14/2012
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Sandy Hook: the View from Mars

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This week, in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook, we’ve been hearing it over and over again, even more than we do at other times: children are precious, we say. They’re our most valuable natural resource. Indeed, Tim Beamer, a cousin of Dawn Hochsprung, late principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School, was quoted […]

How Not to Throw Stones in an Argument, Part II
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How Not to Throw Stones in an Argument, Part II

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Please read the first part of this article here: How Not to Throw Stones in an Argument, Part One Christ does not end the conflict simply by “cooling down” in these various ways. He also chooses to show mercy to the woman caught in adultery. It is significant that Christ doesn’t simply forgive any such […]

Learning How to Be a Mother-in-Law
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Learning How to Be a Mother-in-Law

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Frankly, I was completely in shock. Not that we didn’t expect it – we’ve been expecting it for some time. And, it wasn’t that we weren’t happy about it, either, because we were and still are. No, I was in shock because this would make me the…you know…the… mother-in-law. I’ve heard about those creatures, the […]

Natural Family Planning and Communication
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Natural Family Planning and Communication

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Lack of communication is one of the leading causes of marital breakdown. For the NFP-using couple, communication is essential. Procrastination isn’t an option. The NFP couple discusses whether or not they will be avoiding or planning pregnancy. In order to be successful at this, it’s necessary to discuss the woman’s signs of fertility and infertility. […]

Why I'm Glad My Husband is Not My Best Friend
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Why I’m Glad My Husband is Not My Best Friend

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I need to get this off my chest:  my husband is not my best friend.  He’s never been my best friend and never will be.  I experience some envy of the young brides and long-married wives who contentedly call their spouse “my best friend.”  Facebook has a site called “My Husband Is My Best Friend” […]

A Doctor Warns of the Perils of Four More Years of President Obama
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A Doctor Warns of the Perils of Four More Years of President Obama

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As a physician I deal with what Gerard Nadal, PhD (who blogs at Coming Home) writes about every day. I see the destruction this Culture of Death has caused to my patients and their families. STDs, infertility that inevitably results from STDs, increased rates of breast cancer, many due to hormonal contraceptive use or abortion, […]

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